4 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Tuesday, October 25 2016 2:25 PM

You’ve spent a lot of time and money to build your home into a place you and your family can feel safe and protected, but subtle things you may not notice can put the security of your home at risk. Here are some easy ways you can make your home a less attractive target for would-be thieves.

Keep Your Yard Trimmed and Free of Debris

An unkempt yard and clutter lying on the ground are signals to burglars that a house is likely unoccupied or an easy target to enter. home protection tips

  • Keep your yard trimmed and neat and don’t leave newspapers or other clutter lying around.
  • Also remember to stow away and tools or ladders that might make a thief’s job easier.
  • When you leave town, put a hold on your newspapers and ask the post office to hold your mail until you get back to avoid the appearance of the house being vacant.

Have a Security System Installed

Modern security systems can be pricey, but are worth the money if you want the peace of mind knowing that your home and valuables are being watched. Items like indoor/outdoor lighting timers, security cameras and alarms can all be controlled and monitored through your smartphone, making it easier than ever to make sure your home is safe. If a home security system is out of your price range, you can also buy dummy security cameras and fake security system signs that give the illusion that you have a security system installed to deter would-be thieves.

Make Your Home More Difficult to Access

There are also ways to secure your home’s entryways to make accessing your home a more difficult endeavor and thereby deterring thieves.

  • You could reinforce your door jambs to strengthen your door frames.
  • Use a bar or dowel in your sliding doors so they can’t be opened.
  • Get double-glazed or thickened-glass windows to decrease the likelihood of entry.
  • Build a secret hiding place for your valuables that isn’t present to the naked eye.
  • And, of course, there is always the tried and true method of getting a dog to guard your home.

Don’t Post When You Will be Away from Home on Social Media

We all love to see status updates on Facebook and other social media of what our friends and family are up to. But the problem is, you don’t always know who will be seeing your posts. Posting that you will be away on vacation for the next two weeks could potentially reach friends of friends and other people you may not know. The best solution is to post your vacation pictures or out-to-dinner posts when you get home so no one knows for sure when you aren’t there.

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